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Pop/Dance Music 18/09/09

By PATRIC BAIRD

Some bugs are more welcome than others and, ever since producer/DJ Kevin Martin (pictured) mutated into his insect alter-ego back in 1997, there has been strong demand by some of the dance music industry's leading names, including DJ Vadim, dub veteran The Rootsman and reggae legend Tippa Irie, to add some of his signature electronic tweaks and studio tricks to their work.

The Bug can also count artists including Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Massive Attack, Grace Jones, Aphex Twin and Andy Weatherall amongst his many high-profile fans.

In addition to numerous remixes and singles, Martin has released four albums under his creepy-crawly pseudonym and, with a discography spanning labels as diverse as Ninja Tune, Virgin, Rephlex, Tigerbeat 6 and Grand Royal.

The Bug's reputation as a hugely credible sonic survivalist is secure.

Tonight's show at city centre venue Black Box sees The Bug in action alongside Daddy Freddy, the Jamaican-born veteran ragga vocalist who holds the world record as the World's Fastest Rapper, plus support coming from Belfast bass generator Filaria and the Factotum DJs.

patric.baird@ntlworld.com

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